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Do What You Did and Get What You Got: How Repetitive Movement Tightens Your Fascia

Posted By Brenda Dowell on Jun 06, 2018

Many of us choose a fitness routine and keep it the same every single day. We like the predictability. Maybe it feels grounding and reliable, or maybe we don’t have time to learn something new. When it’s a regular routine, we don’t have to think about it too much.
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5 Meditation Myths and How They’ve Messed Us Up

Posted By Tamika on May 24, 2018

Tamika and Carolyn teach the 50-hour Meditation in the Modern Age Program, offered this summer on Salt Spring Island, BC. Read More

Does Anyone Even Care What I Do?

Posted By Carolyn on May 09, 2018

Today I’m sending my love to all you moms out there who support, nurture, give and grow this world. Even if you aren’t raising kids, many of you do these very same things for other people in your lives.
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Can You Wreck Yoga for Children? Five Common Mistakes in Sharing Yoga with Children

Posted By Carolyn on Jun 20, 2017

When Carolyn’s daughter Anabel was eight years old, she came home from a yoga birthday party upset. The yoga teacher told the birthday girl she was practicing downward facing dog wrong. Apparently her heels weren’t touching the ground.
Yes, you can wreck yoga for children.
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Four Awkward Yoga Questions—and the One that Breaks our Hearts

Posted By Tamika on Jan 10, 2017

Yoga is everywhere now, but when we first started there wasn’t much information out there. Over the years we’ve been asked some pretty strange questions. Read More

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Deepening our Relationship to the Earth
Welcome to the DevaTree Joycast

The DevaTree Joycast is designed to help you playfully nurture your intuition and connect your life to the wisdom of nature in a meaningful way. While we encourage you to approach the Joycast with an attitude of playful curiosity, our reasons for using Nature to convey life messages is rooted in our deep reverence, humility and trust in the Earth. Many people intuitively understand that connecting to nature is necessary for true healing, both as individuals and as a species. At a practical level, it can sooth us, calm our anxieties and invoke our breath to deepen. It can also inconvenience us, unnerve us or scare us with its awesome force and unpredictability. If we admire the beautiful side of nature but feel it is our right to eradicate, sterilize or conquer those parts we dislike or don’t understand, we will likely admire ourselves when life is shiny but reject ourselves when our shadowy side cycles back in. By polarizing in this way, we reject our fundamental nature because like the waves in the ocean we were meant to experience cycles of ebb and flow, light and dark, praise and blame, fame and disrepute. It is the natural way.

So what does it mean to connect meaningfully with nature and where do we begin? Although I faithfully recycle and compost, these are tasks. While helpful, these tasks cannot bring me into a meaningful relationship with the Earth any more than washing my spouse’s car can create the foundation of my marriage. In order to evolve in consciousness, our old attitudes must shift so that we begin to think of the “we” before the “me” not only with each other but also with this planet we inhabit. At its most fundamental level, our real connection with her majesty Mother Earth begins when we simply pay attention and listen. It is actually that simple.

There was a time on Earth when the Sun, Moon, Stars and Weather were held in great reverence and even the sweetness of the wind in the trees or the arrangement of rose petals in the soil meant something. In that simpler time it was not considered hippie, flaky or frivolous to notice the patterns in a piece of wood or the behaviors of the animals. This connection to nature brought these humans into a deeper state of grace and flow, trusting in the rhythms of life and thereby trusting in their own inner knowing.

Because as humans we have elevated ourselves above our flying, furry and sea-dwelling neighbors, the dignity of these creatures has been forgotten, their special place in the scheme of life taken for granted. Just like we were each born with a unique and sacred life purpose, every bug, plant, animal and tree is also here fulfilling its sacred contract. There is a vastness of knowledge, wisdom, love and grace in Nature that is patiently waiting to open up to us. We don’t have to give up our cars or feel guilty for killing a mosquito but we do need to start noticing.

Wherever you are now, inside or outside, take a deep breath and feel your connection to Nature. Next time you walk outside whether on a busy street or a secluded meadow, feel the air on your skin, look for the glistening dew on the grass or smile toward the sky for a moment. Your senses will begin to synchronize with a vibration that is more natural and the path ahead will become more colorful. We hope the Joycast will support you on your journey.

May nature’s blessings Rain down on you,
Tamika

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